Sunday, September 19, 2021
“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29 KJV).
Let us notice the difference between the “secret things” and the “revealed things!”
Nearing the end of his earthly sojourn, the Apostle Peter remarked as the Holy Ghost led him: “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:15,16). May we be extremely careful to notice these words, re-reading and re-reading and re-reading them.
Dissecting Peter’s comments, we arrive at the following simple conclusions. Firstly, according to the Holy Spirit through Peter, Divine “wisdom” was given to the Apostle Paul. (Paul’s ministry and message are not to be confounded with the ministry and message of the 12 Apostles!) Secondly, Paul had written these Divine revelations down. (They were Scripture, unveiled and accessible!) Thirdly, Peter confessed these Pauline doctrines were “hard to be understood.” (Peter had not directly received these teachings from the Lord, and Peter had not taught them to Paul either!) Lastly, men “unlearned and unstable” “wrest” these words of Paul. (Ignorant and dangerous people pervert or twist Paul’s epistles, Romans through Philemon, to the point of destroying or ruining their souls!)
If we study church history—the last 2,000 years—we can see why all those myriads of confusing heresies (forms of false teaching) have arisen. Whether the “church fathers” of the first 1,000 years; or the denominational founders of the last 1,000 years; their fundamental problem was a failure to respect the uniqueness of Pauline revelation. To them and their billions of followers, the secret things of God revealed to and through Paul remain hidden, for, as Peter himself observed, these souls have fallen into the spiritual trap that existed in the century when Pauline revelation was first given….